Welcome to American Bedu blog
American Bedu is the blog of former diplomat Carol Fleming. Carol started this blog with the intention of sharing her experiences and perspectives as an American in Saudi Arabia. Carol was married to a Saudi man she loved very much. Unfortunately her husband died of cancer in 2011, and in 2013 Carol herself lost her battle with cancer.
According to Carol’s wishes American Bedu is now being moderated and updated by a group of her friends. Besides being friends of Carol, the American Bedu team has close ties to Saudi Arabia, either because they live there, have lived there, have Saudi nationality, and are also American or live in America. Carol’s blog remains linked to both Saudi Arabia and America.
Carols personal introduction:
I feel very fortunate that unlike some of the expats in the Kingdom, I make the transition between having typical expat experiences and traditional experiences of any Saudi, on a daily basis, thanks to my marriage to a Saudi man with a beautiful and large extended Saudi family.
By way of background I am a former intelligence officer and worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for 20 years. As a result I have been widely traveled and exposed to many differing cultures, customs and traditions.
The American Bedu blog is not intended as Saudi-bashing. I try to write candidly and openly about experiences and observations on the customs, cultures, traditions and practices of daily life in Saudi Arabia. Some views are very positive and others might be negative while some may be perceived as contraversial. However my posts are reflective of Saudi Arabia which is a land of shifting sands with contrasts and contradictions.
You will find that I strive to post daily and my blog has been in existence since 2006. There are some types of posts regular readers of my blog can also look forward to on a regular monthly basis. These posts include:
Your input is also most welcomed and requested. I want this blog to be an exchange of views and perspectives so we can learn from one another. Each individual in Saudi Arabia will have differing experiences depending on the situation which brings them to the Kingdom and the location in which they reside.
Your comments on this blog are welcome, you are free to speak your mind unless you violate the blog rules. Comments once placed will not be removed unless they violate the blog rules.
I always welcome hearing from individuals who have viewed my blog. I like to receive your comments, feedback and suggestions for additional topics for me to write about. Also if you have a question or something you’d like to address but not within a post, you can reach me via the following email address:
The entire content of this website is copyrighted to Carol Fleming and should never be reproduced/copied to another website without written authorization from the owner. Websites that are scraping content in the form of RSS feeds, bots, or manual methods will be reported to their web host with a DMCA take down notice.
Copyright © 2006-2013 Carol Fleming
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